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Army Aviation

Current Title: Turk Kara Ordusu Havaciligi
Title in English: Turkish Army Aviation Command
Abbreviation: TKOH


Narrative Summary:
Established 1948, but aircraft initially operated by THK on behalf of the Army. Now under full army control.

Key Dates:
1948    Turkish Army air arm established
1965    First helicopters received - OH-23

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Procure 50 anti-tank/attack helicopters. The previous AH-1Z deal has been cancelled.
Procure 8 large transport helicopters - candidates are CH-53E, CH-47, Mi-26.
Obtain additional S-70/UH-60 Black Hawks to reach a total of 200 machines. Earlier machines will be upgraded with new glass cockpit displays.
The ELINT Do 28Ds will be replaced by two CN.235Ms from TAI.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Turkish Army aircraft carry individual codes which change with transfer between units, eg: AB205A 10012.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Inonu Bulvari, Ankara.

Current Organisational Structure:
The basic unit is the Ordu Hava Alayi (Air Regiment), comprising 2 or 3 Hava Taburu (Air Battalions), each of which comprise 1-3 Filo (Squadrons).

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Diyarbakir, Erzincan, Guverncinlik, Izmir, Istanbul/Samandira, Kesan, Malatya/Erhac and Pinarbasi (Cyprus).

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Army.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


Turkish Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.157
World Air Power Journal No.17 p.156,157
World Air Power Journal No.19 p.32


wikipedia: Turkish_Army

Air-Britain: Turkish Army photos


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First Created: 1 December 1995 - Last Revised: 29 July 2008
Copyright 1995 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk